Get the facts about electronic cigarettes, their health effects and the risks of vaping and where to get help to quit.
E-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks. Below are a few key facts, be sure check out more here or at one of the many resources listed below.
- E-Cigarettes/Vaping are not safe for youth, young adults, and pregannt women, as well as adults who do not current use tobacco products.
- The aerosol from e-cigarettes is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful chemicals, including nicotine; ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavoring such diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds such as benzene, which is found in car exhaust; and heavy metals, such as nickel, tin, and lead.
- Some studies show that non-smoking youth who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try conventional cigarettes in the future than non-smoking youth who do not use e-cigarettes.
- In 2018,1 in 5 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the past month.
- As of Feb 2020, 68 deaths were attributed to EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury) across the US.
- Teenagers and young adults who vape face a much higher risk of COVID-19 than their peers who do not vape, a new study has found.
Want to quit? Try one of these free resources:
- This Is Quitting from Truth
- Teens and young adults can join for free by texting VapeFreePA to 88709
- My Life My Quit from the PA Free Quitline
- Text "Start My Quit" to 855.891.9989 or call to talk with a coach who is ready to listen and cheer you on. It's YOUR LIFE and we're here to help you live it YOUR WAY
- Make A Vaping Quit Plan from SmokeFreeTeen.gov
- Take Back Control. Make Your Quit Plan.
- In person, Virtual, and Group quit programs are available in some areas.
- Contact Us to find a program near you!
Learn more by checking out some of these great resources:
- Know The Risks, The Surgeon General
- Stanford Medicine Tobacco Prevention Toolkit
- American Lung Association